Creating a Morning and Evening Routine
Do you ever wish your mornings ran smoothly…Or that your evenings were the
perfect end to your day that allowed you to drift off to sleep in a cozy slumber?
Sometimes, it feels impossible to get everything you would like to get done- done
and keep everyone around you happy every morning & every evening.
I am not perfect, and I make mistakes often! But the way I manage to have the
peace and health I currently have (most of the time!), is by living intentionally in
the mornings and evenings.
The key is to understand that YOU ALREADY HAVE a morning & evening
routine. You just may not be conscious of it! But the good news is you can shape
it into something truly fulfilling by making a few conscious decisions and then,
WHAT IS A MORNING ROUTINE?
Your morning routine is what you do from the moment you wake up until the
moment you start your work for the day (whether that’s inside or outside the
home). Examples of things you may do in your morning routine are: make your
bed, drink coffee, work out, shower, pray, get your kids ready, or check your
email or social media accounts. Right now, you may or may not intentionally plan
your morning routine, but one way or another you have one.
WHAT IS AN EVENING ROUTINE?
Your evening routine is what you do in between the “end” of your day, and when
you go to sleep. Your evening routine may include anything from cooking and
eating dinner to reading a book or watching T.V. It’s easy to let your evening
routine just happen. But the more you plan your evening routine, the more you
will be in control of your time (which is something you probably wish you had
HOW TO CREATE A BETTER MORNING AND EVENING ROUTINE
To get more time back and live intentionally (with meaning and purpose), you
need to plan your morning and evening routines.
Here’s how you can plan your morning and evening routines.
Write down what your ideal morning and evening look like.
The first step to reworking your morning and evening routines is to know what
your “ideal” looks like. Ask yourself important questions, like whether you want to
use this time for 1) personal growth and development, 2) cleaning and doing
house work, 3) rest and relaxation, 4) health and wellness (or something else).
Think hard about what you want out of this time. Decide what habits you would
like in place that would make you happy to have done them. It’s up to you what
you want to use this time for in the morning and evening. The point is to be very
intentional about it so the days don’t pass you by without you noticing. Also,
make sure you actually write down these visions – it’s not enough to think about
Evaluate what your mornings and evenings look like now.
Write down what you do during your morning and evening routines right now. List
your activities hour by hour (or in even small increments like half hour by half
hour). Do this for yourself and anyone else you help get ready in the morning
(e.g.: kids). Once you know what you’re up against, you’ll have an easier time
changing your current routine to match what your ideal routine is.
Create an outline of what you want your mornings and evenings to be like
in the future. Write out an ideal schedule for yourself. This won’t be realistic for
you to do every day, but it will keep you on track most days. It will also keep you
away from easy temptations and time sucks like TV and social media!
For example, it might look something like this:
• 5:30am: Wake Up & Drink Lemon Water
• 6:00am: Meditate
• 6:30am: Exercise
• 7:30am: Shower and get ready
• 8:00am: Leave for work
• 6:00pm: Get home & change
• 7:00pm: Cook & Eat dinner
• 8:00pm: Pack lunch for next day
• 9:00pm: Read, Journal and/or Meditate
• 10:00pm: Bed
Decide on a plan that works for you. Everyone will have different wants and
needs. The key is to plan ahead of time so you’re prepared and following a
Implement your plan and monitor how it’s going.
Once you know where you are now and where you want to be in the future, the
key to successful habits is implementation. You planned, you prepared, now it’s
time to implement. I like starting cold turkey and just going for it. Otherwise, you
will fall into the “trying trap” of saying you’ll “try to do this tomorrow”. There is no
try, there is only do and do not. So, don’t try it. Just do it! Also, it’s really
important that you evaluate how it’s going for you after some time. Is it meeting
the expectations that you set for yourself? Are you happier, more fulfilled, and
better off? If not, then adjust your plan.
When you create a plan for your morning and evening routines, you will
accomplish more of your goals and live a life in line with what you want.
WHY PLANNING MORNING AND EVENING ROUTINES IS A GAME
If you want to change your life, start by changing your day. It’s the little habits
repeated over time that will be the difference between failure and success.
Your morning and evening routines are perfect times for you to implement habits
to promote your success.
Creating a solid morning and evening routine can change the course of your life.
You can become happier, less stressed, and live better. It’s all about the plan!!
You can take it a step further and use tools to help you accomplish this more
successfully. Here’s a few: The Five Minute Journal or the Productivity Planner.
Another fav that people rave about is The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, where
you can learn a specific strategy for how to create the perfect morning routine for
you. Whatever you do, do something! It’s worth it.